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Jack LiangFollow

Major

Biology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

As part of a larger project assessing changes in streamwater quality resulting from improved wastewater management, two streams (Ashwaubenon Creek and Dutchman’s Creek) near Green Bay, WI, were monitored and sampled seasonally from Fall 2018 to Fall 2020. Benthic macroinvertebrates are useful for monitoring water quality as their diversity and specific taxa tolerances can be indicators of pollution. We found that both creeks fell into the “fairly poor” water quality category determined by the Hilsenhoff Biotic Index (HBI). However, Dutchman’s Creek displayed a higher mean equitability (evenness of invertebrate distribution across taxa) derived from the Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Berg, Aquatic Ecologist, Biology Department

Supported By

Funding for this project was provided by a grant from NEW Water to the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and Loyola University Chicago

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Stream Water Quality Assessment Using Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Ashwaubenon and Dutchman’s Creek, Wisconsin

As part of a larger project assessing changes in streamwater quality resulting from improved wastewater management, two streams (Ashwaubenon Creek and Dutchman’s Creek) near Green Bay, WI, were monitored and sampled seasonally from Fall 2018 to Fall 2020. Benthic macroinvertebrates are useful for monitoring water quality as their diversity and specific taxa tolerances can be indicators of pollution. We found that both creeks fell into the “fairly poor” water quality category determined by the Hilsenhoff Biotic Index (HBI). However, Dutchman’s Creek displayed a higher mean equitability (evenness of invertebrate distribution across taxa) derived from the Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index.